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Check Out Ayushi Chhabra’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ayushi Chhabra.

Hi Ayushi, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born in a small town in India but when I was two, my family and I moved to Africa – I spent my childhood in Nigeria and went to a school in Lagos. At 13, we moved again and this time, we went to South Africa, where my parents currently live. I did my high school & university in South Africa and at 24, I took the bold step of pursuing my life’s greatest purpose, my dream to be an actress in Hollywood. With two suitcases, lots of determination and the blessings of my parents, I moved to Los Angeles by myself. From that day on June 3rd, 2014 till today, I have hustled. More than anyone I know.

I have fought against all odds with every ounce of energy I have, to live here, to survive, to work as an actress, to make my wildest visions come true. From applying for an Entertainment Visa and renewing it three times to going from audition to audition while holding down a full-time job – this journey has been full of sweat, tears and lots of prayers. Today, after over 50 national and international commercial & print jobs, and soul-satisfying Film & TV credits…and more than anything, after all the stories & experiences gained from working in the big, bad, beautiful world of Hollywood, I can say with great content that…this was ALL worth it. BUT…I have just scratched the surface of my dreams. There is a long way to go and I won’t stop till I get the gold 😉

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
There is a lot of rejection in this line of work, but if that was the only thing to worry about, I’d be fine. The real struggle was and continues to be an immigrant actor, not just an actor – someone who faces the enormous pressure of constantly renewing visas, limited work opportunities as many networks do not wish to work with people with certain visas and issues as such. Imagine having a full-time job to make ends meet, auditioning 5-6 times a week, sometimes with same day deadlines, along with preparing a visa application case for immigration (a file the size of a brick) – YUP, that’s the life of an immigrant artist.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I work as an actor/model/performing artist. I am most known for my character ‘PEL’ on Star Trek: Picard – I played the role of a pregnant Romulan (alien), wife of Gabriel Hwang. I also recently won an award for ‘Best Leading Performance’ by Uptown Women’s Film Festival of New York, for my role ‘Parnita’ in the movie ‘Unborn’. This is the role I am most proud of – these are the kind of stories that inspired me to be an artist. It was a very emotionally challenging and yet, the most fulfilling experience as an actor. The stuff that shakes you makes you feel something, inspires change in you, makes your heart beat faster…that’s the stuff that keeps you alive as a human and as an artist. What sets me apart is my vulnerability and pain. It’s always there in everything I do, even comedy. I took what broke me over the years and made art from it…and will continue to. It’s the best release.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
My favorite childhood memory is holding my dad’s hand and walking over to the lake every morning to feed the ducks and watch the sunrise in Nigeria 🙂 Every time I am sad or scared, I just close my eyes and think of that memory and it makes everything better.

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Headshots by David Muller ‘Unborn’ BTS by Rashmi Rustagi

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